Peghead Overlay Veneer

Peghead Overlay Veneer, Indian Rosewood
Indian Rosewood Item # 0981 In stock, ready to ship!

Cannot ship outside US

Peghead Overlay Veneer, Madagascar Rosewood
Madagascar Rosewood Item # 0992 In stock, ready to ship!

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Peghead Overlay Veneer, Granadillo
Granadillo Item # 0993 In stock, ready to ship!
Peghead Overlay Veneer, Ebony
Ebony Item # 0991 In stock, ready to ship!
Peghead Overlay Veneer, Ebony, Oversize
Ebony, Oversize Item # 0983 In stock, ready to ship!
Peghead Overlay Veneer, Cocobolo
Cocobolo Item # 0982 In stock, ready to ship!

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Peghead Overlay Veneer, Ovangkol
Ovangkol Item # 0986 In stock, ready to ship!
Peghead Overlay Veneer, Padauk
Padauk Item # 0990 In stock, ready to ship!
Peghead Overlay Veneer, Pau Ferro
Pau Ferro Item # 0984 In stock, ready to ship!
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Peghead Overlay Veneer

The peghead overlay is the face of your stringed instrument: the finishing touch of quality. Our veneers are large enough for guitar, banjo or mandolin.

Thickeness-sanded to 3/32" (2.38mm)
Dimensions: 3-1/2" x 7" (89mm x 178mm)
Oversize dimensions: 3-7/8" x 7-7/8" (98.42mm x 200mm)

Indian Rosewood
For decades, Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) has been the go-to choice for boutique builders and major manufacturers because it's beautiful, extremely stable, and often much less expensive than more exotic rosewoods. In recent years, there have been wide swings in the quality of Indian Rosewood, but our team has procured sustainable sources of some of the darkest, most even and straight-grained Indian Rosewood available anywhere.

Madagascar Rosewood
Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baroni) is the closest commercially available substitute for Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra). Our overlays range from ones with strong variegation, black ink lines and beautiful color contrast, to ones with a more uniform, brown, straight grained appearance. If you're looking for a perfect old-school rosewood appearance these are what you want.

Since all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty and international export is prohibited, Granadillo (Platymiscium yucatanum) has been rising in popularity among European and North American builders. It is an extremely inexpensive, dense, non-porous wood that has a familiar "rosewood look" without being a true Dalbergia. Granadillo's color ranges between sandy and "brick" brown and it oxidizes over time to a warm dark brown patina.

Our Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) comes from West Africa and tends to be more uniformly black than we have seen from other sources. However, most African ebony is not perfectly jet black, most boards have some visible grain and occasional streaks of greys and tans. We think these visual variations offer character and enhance the aesthetics of most guitars, but if you desire a perfectly dark, jet black appearance consider using our Black Fingerboard Stain to darken the board and create the desired visual effect.

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is another true rosewood, that provides a rich, custom look to any instrument. Freshly sanded Cocobolo often appears somewhere between orange and red, but over time it oxidizes nicely to a deep burgundy—almost black—color.

Ovangkol (Guibourtia ehie) has been used for years for acoustic guitar back and side sets, but more recently it has become a popular choice for other parts of the instrument. Similar in density to Indian Rosewood, Ovangkol is another suitable substitute for CITES restricted rosewoods. Most boards are light to medium brown with dark brown and black grain lines that have an exotic, refined look that makes it a great choice for custom guitar makers.

Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) is an opened grained wood that is easy to machine and glue, and offers an extremely beautiful, exotic look to your next custom build. This wood is extremely popular with high end electric guitar makers and its striking pink/red color and perfectly straight grain create a stunning visual effect.

Pau Ferro
In recent years Pau Ferro (Machaerium scleroxylon) has become more popular—especially with electric guitar builders—due to its exotic beauty, sustainability, and low cost—plus, it's non-porous surface makes finishing an absolute dream.

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